Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North


EVENTS

Upcoming City and Community Meetings, Events and Public Information Sessions:


IN THE NEWS

City and Community news and and events, my newspaper column, Public Service Announcements and much more:


Meetings at City Hall Feb 8 – 12

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted.

For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts or visit ottawa.ca/agendas, or call 3-1-1.

Ottawa Board of Health – Monday, February 8, 5 p.m., Champlain Room

  • Confirmation of the Chair and Vice-Chair
  • Chair of the Board of Health Verbal Report
  • Medical Officer of Health Verbal Report
  • Making Healthy Eating and Active Living the Easy Choice
  • Towards Better Outcomes for Communities and Patients: Protecting and Leveraging Public Health in Ontario’s Proposed Health System Transformation
  • Healthy Start: Part 3 – Toddler / Preschool Health
  • Ottawa Public Health’s Activities to Support Syrian Refugees in Ottawa
  • Attendance at the Association of Local Public Health Agencies’ (alPHa) 2016 Board of Health Winter Symposium

Planning Committee – Tuesday, February 9, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 900 Merivale Road
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 324 Cambridge Street North
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 1845, 1877, 1883 and Part of 1921 Stittsville Main Street, 70 Friendly Crescent and 74 Hartsmere Drive
  • Development Charge Agreement for Servicing Within the Village of Manotick
  • Update on the Smart Growth For Our Communities Act, 2015
  • Semi-Annual Performance Report to Council Q2 2015 and Q3 2015

Ottawa Public Library Board MeetingTuesday, February 9, 5 p.m., Champlain Room

City Council Meeting – Wednesday, February 10, 10 a.m., Andrew S. Haydon Hall

Built Heritage Sub-Committee – Thursday, February 11, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Demolition of 171 Bruyère Street, a Property Designated Under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and located in the Lowertown West Heritage Conservation District and Replacement with a Parkette

French Language Services Advisory Committee Thursday, February 11, 6:30 p.m., Champlain Room

 


The Zone – RRCK Youth Drop In Program

This after school youth drop in program is being held Tuesday evenings at the Richcraft Recreation Complex Kanata, 4101 Innovation Drive. This is a unique space for youth aged 12-18 to meet new people and try new activities. Youth and their families can get connected to community resources, services and short-term counselling. For more information, please contact the Youth Community Developer at 613-591-3686 or at thezone@worcrc.ca

 


KNL Development Applies for an Overall Benefit Permit Application

KNL Development Applies for an Overall Benefit Permit Application.  Public Comments accepted by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry until end of day February 17th, 2016

Kanata North Lands Development (KNL) has submitted an application under the provincial Endangered Species Act for the upcoming phases of their development north of the Beaver Pond (map below).  The Province of Ontario has now posted a Proposal Notice on the EBR Registry website (http://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/) stating that the application is open for public review and comment until February 17, 2016.  The EBR Registry Number is 012-6270.  The City is not involved in this matter as it is between KNL and the province.

Permitting under the Endangered Species Act is a provincial process.  Anyone seeking information on the application should contact the provincial representative listed in the notice, Mr. Scott Lee. On request he can provide copies of the details of the proposal, including maps.  Comments may be submitted online through the Registry or directly to Mr. Lee.

Scott Lee, Resources Operations Supervisor
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Regional Operations Division, Southern Region
Kemptville District
10 Campus Drive
Postal Bag 2002
Kemptville Ontario
K0G 1J0
Phone: (613) 258-8230
Fax: (613) 258-1430

The City’s approvals for development are conditional upon KNL receiving the necessary permits under the Endangered Species Act.  The City has worked with KNL to ensure consistency between KNL’s development plans and permit application, and to ensure that the proposed permit activities, if approved, will maintain or enhance the habitat values of the City’s adjacent conservation lands.

Proposed Phasing of Kanata North Lands8X11


Seeking volunteers Hydro Corridor in Morgan’s Grant

The hydro corridor through Morgan’s Grant is a haven for weeds, including poison parsnip. If you would like to be involved in developing a plan to clean up the corridor and make it more attractive and useful for the community, please email me (Marianne.Wilkinson@Ottawa.ca) or call my office at 613-580-2474 to join a committee to undertake this task. The committee will be putting together some ideas, discuss them with the broader community, and then prepare a detailed plan. Implementation of the plan would then require approvals from the City and a site plan approval from Hydro One.


Meetings at City Hall Feb 1 – 5

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted.

For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts or visit ottawa.ca/agendas, or call 3-1-1.

Finance and Economic Development CommitteeTuesday, February 2, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Comprehensive Legal Services Report for the Period July 1 to December 31, 2015
  • Status Update – Finance and Economic Development Committee Inquiries and Motions – for the Period Ending 22 January 2016
  • Appointments to the Kanata North Business Improvement Area Board of Management
  • City Representation and Delegate Attendance at FCM, AMO, OGRA/Roma, AFMO and CCCO Annual Conferences
  • Natural Gas Procurement Strategy
  • Semi-Annual Performance Report to Council Q2 2015 and Q3 2015
  • Glebe Business Improvement Area Application for an Exemption By-Law to the Retail Business Holidays Act
  • Sale of Land – South Village Drive
  • Declare 2140 Baseline Road as Surplus to City Requirements and Transfer to the Ottawa Community Lands Development Corporation for Future Disposal
  • Application for Approval to Expropriate Lands at Royal York Street Pursuant to Section 4 of the Expropriations Act
  • Land Lease for 45 Ruskin Street to the Ottawa Hospital (Civic Campus)
  • Brownfields Grant Program Application – 300-320 Moodie Drive
  • Nuisance Mosquito Control Program and Mosquito Research Program – Special Area Levy

Transportation Committee – Wednesday, February 3, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Ministry of Transportation – Presentation – Highway 417, Noise Retrofits – Traffic Management Plan and Staging
  • Status Update – Transportation Committee Inquiries and Motions for the Period Ending January 22, 2016
  • Semi-Annual Performance Report to Council Q2 2015 and Q3 2015
  • 2016 Parking Services Business Plan
  • Traffic, Pedestrian and Road Safety Enhancements
  • Airport Parking Directional Signs
  • Greenbank Road Speed Reduction

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Thursday, February 4, 10 a.m., The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive

  • Status Update – Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Inquiries and Motions – for the Period Ending January 28, 2016
  • Semi-Annual Performance Report to Council Q2 2015 and Q3 2015
  • O’Keefe Municipal Drain – Amendment to the Engineer’s Report
  • Eastboro Petition – Appointment of Engineer
  • Seabrook Development – Appointment of Engineer
  • Traffic, Pedestrian and Road Safety Enhancements
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 6345 Garvin Road
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 5511, 5537 McCordick and 5510 Fourth Line Road
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 5985 Frank Kenny Road
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 5063 Upper Dwyer Hill Road
  • Comprehensive Zoning By-Law 2008-250: Anomaly- 2940, 2946 Baseline Road, 5705 Hazeldean Road and 6801 Hazeldean Road
  • Development Charge Agreement for Servicing Within the Village of Manotick

Installation of Stop Signs – McNeely Road and Whispering Willows Drive


Meetings at City Hall Jan 25 – 29

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted.

For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts or visit ottawa.ca/agendas, or call 3-1-1.

Ottawa Police Services Board – Monday, January 25, 5 p.m., Champlain Room

  • Election of Chair and Vice Chair
  • Notice of Motion:  Amendment to Procedure By-Law No. 3 of 2014
  • Chief’s Verbal Report
  • 2016 – 2018 Business Plan: Innovation and Investment in Community Safety
  • Amendment to Board Training Policy
  • Amendment to the Public Rewards Policy
  • Purchase of Conducted Energy Weapons
  • Real You Wellness Contract Renewal for 2016-2020 Contract
  • Ontario Association of Police Services Boards: 2016 Membership Renewal
  • Appointment of Special Constables: Ottawa Police  Service
  • Appointment of Special Constables: OC Transpo
  • Appointment of Special Constables: Carleton University
  • Ottawa Police Services Board Work Plan: 2016
  • Board Activity, Training & Performance: 2015 Annual Report
  • Board Calendar of Monitoring Requirements 2016
  • Performance Report: Fourth Quarter 2015
  • Legal Services Status Report – 2015 Fourth Quarter
  • Secondary Activities: 2015 Annual Report
  • Public Rewards: 2015 Annual Report
  • Appointments Made Under The Interprovincial Policing Act: 2015 Annual Report
  • Board Discretionary Fund: 2015 Annual Report
  • Outstanding Board Inquiries & Motions: January 2016
  • Letters of Commendation

Planning Committee – Tuesday, January 26, 10:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 151 and 153 Chapel Street
  • New Edinburgh Heritage Conservation District Plan
  • Application to Demolish 281-283 Cumberland Street and Application for New Construction at 281-283 Cumberland, 297 Cumberland Street and 207-209 Murray Street, Properties Located in the Lowertown West Heritage Conservation District
  • Status Update – Planning Committee Inquiries and Motions for the Period Ending January 15, 2016
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – Part of 8900 Jeanne d’Arc Boulevard North
  • Application for New Construction at 600 Minto Place, a Property Designated Under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and Located in the Rockcliffe Park Heritage Conservation District
  • Application to Alter 122 Daly Avenue, a Property Designated Under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and Located in the Sandy Hill West Heritage Conservation District
  • Designation of the Flewellyn/Jones House, 5897 Fernbank Road Under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
  • Application To Demolish The Bradley/Craig Barn, 590 Hazeldean Road, A Property Designated Under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 3100 Brian Coburn Boulevard
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 350 Sparks Street and 137 Bay Street
  • Rockcliffe Park Heritage Conservation District Plan
  • Sandy Hill Cultural Heritage Character Area Update
  • Comprehensive Zoning By-Law 2008-250: Anomaly- 2940, 2946 Baseline Road, 5705 Hazeldean Road And 6801 Hazeldean Road
  • Park Development Charge – 335 St. Laurent, 1191 Montreal Road, 175 Main Street

City Council Meeting – Wednesday, January 27, 10 a.m., Andrew S. Haydon Hall


Information Sheet – Kanata North Nuisance Mosquito Proposal

Note: added info sheets on Bti – see below

One of the best features of Kanata North is having the environment close by where residents can enjoy nature with its variety of flora and fauna.  The one drawback in the spring and summer is the mosquitoes. We now have an opportunity to demonstrate that you can live close to the environment with few mosquitoes. There is a program used in Gatineau, Winnipeg and other centres that can reduce the number in our area by 80%.  In every case, the cost is a small charge to each household. It is a biological treatment for the larva (no spraying of adult mosquitoes is involved) using Bti (Bacillus Thuringiensis Israelensis) which keeps the mosquito and black fly larva from hatching.  Since Bti only affects mosquito and black flies, a large population of insects will remain unharmed and available as food for birds and other species.

The Health Canada Regulatory Agency has stated that Bti has no effect on humans, birds, fish, animals or other insects, but destroys the stomachs of mosquito and black fly larvae that hatch in water.  The City’s Environmental Planner has researched information on Bti and cleared this program for use on City lands. 

City staff assisted me by putting out a proposal for a program in Kanata North.  The winning bidder is GDG Environment, the company that also does the West Nile virus reduction program in Ottawa using Bti and has carried out nuisance mosquito programs in other communities for more than 30 years.  Using this program will mean that children and parents can play sports (soccer, baseball, Frisbee, picnics, etc…) in our parks with little to no bites, residents in Morgan’s Grant, Kanata Lakes, Beaverbrook, Village Green, Heritage Hills and others (all of which live near environmental lands and have a history of high mosquito counts from work done on the West Nile virus program) will be better able to enjoy their neighbourhoods and their own backyard.

The proposal, subject to a majority vote from residents who return their ballot (included in this mailing), would run from spring to fall to deal with the different types of mosquitoes that hatch at different times of the year.  Moreover, in conjunction with a University research team, a three year research project would take place in conjunction with the biological control treatment to further monitor the effects of Bti on the ecosystem – as one of the main goals of this project is to not harm the environment in any way.  All research to date clearly shows that it is very specific to mosquitoes and black flies and does not cause other harm.

As is the case with other communities, the program will be funded by a flat rate for each residential home in the area served.  For Kanata North this fee is calculated to be $35, which includes about $7 for the research component.  This fee may be reduced if I am successful in getting grants for the research. The final fee will be added to your June property tax bill.  If you consider what you pay for mosquito repelling products and other items to ward off adult mosquitoes, this should be a saving to most households.

The attached ballot must be received by 4 pm on Feb 16th, 2016.   It can be dropped off at
the Richcraft Recreation Complex Kanata (4101 Innovation Dr), Beaverbrook Library, 2500 Campeau Dr. (at the front desk) or mailed by Feb 9th in the enclosed envelope or turned in at public meetings on Jan 28 at All Saints or Feb 1 at St. John’s Church or at the Public Skate at Mlacak on Feb 15.

Additional detail is on my website at www.mariannewilkinson.com or call 613 580-2474.
Disponible en français: www.mariannewilkinson.com ou 613 580-2474.

Health Canada Fact Sheet on Bti
Bti-References


This document originates from the City of Ottawa. Any distribution, use or copying of this document or the information it contains by other than the intended recipient(s) is unauthorized.


Annual Pancake Breakfast

12th Annual Enbridge FREE Pancake Breakfast
Marion Dewar Plaza, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa

Saturday, January 30, 10 am

Start off your Winterlude weekend with a yummy free pancake and hot chocolate. Sweet!

(While supplies last.)

Presented by Enbridge Gas Distribution


Meetings at City Hall Jan 11 – 15

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted.

For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts or visit ottawa.ca/agendas, or call 3-1-1.

 Ottawa Public Library Board Meeting – Tuesday, January 12, 5 p.m., Champlain Room

Built Heritage Sub-Committee – Thursday, January 14, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Demolition of 171 Bruyère Street, a Property Designated Under Part V of The Ontario Heritage Act and Located in the Lowertown West Heritage Conservation District, and Replacement with a Parkette
  • Rockcliffe Park Heritage Conservation District Plan
  • Designation of the Flewellyn/Jones House, 5897 Fernbank Road Under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
  • Status Update – Built Heritage Sub-Committee Inquiries and Motions for the Period Ending  December 31, 2015
  • New Edinburgh Heritage Conservation District Plan
  • Application to Alter 122 Daly Avenue, a Property Designated Under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and Located in the Sandy Hill West Heritage Conservation District
  • Application for New Construction at 600 Minto Place, a Property Designated Under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and Located in the Rockcliffe Park Heritage Conservation District


Beer Store empties Christmas Exchange

Dec 19, 9:15am – 5pm
At your local Beer Store

The Christmas Exchange program supports thousands of individuals with assistance every year. Last year, we were able to provide direct assistance to over 12,000 people with over 5,300 children and 1,300 seniors in the form of either a festive food hamper or redeemable gift voucher. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Christmas Exchange program in Ottawa. In honour of this, we hope to impact the lives of even more families in our community this year.

Every year for one Saturday in December, the Beer Store partners with the Caring and Sharing Exchange (with the support from volunteers, various VIPs, local politicians and city councillors) to encourage patrons to donate their empty beer, wine and liquor bottles. Donation boxes are also placed at each Beer Store to collect cash donations. All the money raised from Running on Empties goes directly toward providing food hampers and redeemable grocery vouchers to those less fortunate during the holiday season.


Meetings at City Hall Dec 7 – Dec 11

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted.

For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts or visit ottawa.ca/agendas, or call 3-1-1.

Ottawa Board of Health Budget – Monday, December 7, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Medical Officer of Health Verbal Report
  • Draft 2016 Ottawa Board of Health Operating Budget Report
  • Let’s Clear the Air 2.0: Consultation Plan

Planning Committee – Tuesday, December 8, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 335 St. Laurent Boulevard and Part of 1191 Montreal Road
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 4495, 4499, 4509 and 4515 Innes Road
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 570 Hazeldean Road
  • Designation of the Boyd House – 173 Huntmar Drive under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 173 Huntmar Drive
  • Comprehensive Zoning By-Law 2008-250 – Anomaly Amendments Q4 2015
  • Update to the Environmental Noise Control Guidelines
  • Development Charge Deferrals

City Council Meeting – Budget – Wednesday, December 9, 10 a.m., Andrew S. Haydon Hall

Built Heritage Sub-Committee – Thursday, December 10, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Application to Demolish the Bradley/Craig Barn, 590 Hazeldean Road, a Property Designated Under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
  • Application to Demolish 281-283 Cumberland Street and Application for New Construction at 281-283 Cumberland, 297 Cumberland Street and 207-209 Murray Street – Properties Located in the Lowertown West Heritage Conservation District
  • Rockcliffe Park Heritage Conservation District Plan
  • Sandy Hill Cultural Heritage Character Area Update
  • Designation of the Flewellyn/Jones House, 5897 Fernbank Road Under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act

Agriculture and Rural Affairs CommitteeSpecial Meeting – Thursday, December 10, 6:30 p.m., Manotick Community Centre

  • Manotick Secondary Plan – Official Plan and Zoning By-Law Amendments
  • Mud Creek Subwatershed Study


MTO sidewalk work widening During construction, Eagleson Road Southbound will

UPDATE (Dec 3/2015): The latest update from MTO is that they expect the second lane to be opened at the end of this week. The lanes will be narrower as they need to leave some space next to the concrete while it cures.  Afterwards there will be intermittent lane and ramp closures.  The expected completion date is December 22nd, but if weather stays mild, the project could be finished earlier.

IMPORTANT: Due to safety concerns, the March/Eagleson overpass has been closed to pedestrians until the sidewalk work on the West side is complete.

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As of November 17th  until mid December southbound traffic over the March/Eagleson Bridge over Highway 417 will be limited to ONE lane.  Expect Delays. 

The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has informed me that work will commence early in November to modify the sidewalk on the West side of the Eagleson/March Rd overpass. I pushed very hard to have the Province include a sidewalk (which was shown in the original plans) and continued lobbying (along with City Staff) to have the sidewalk modified to correct the issues that resulted in the sidewalk being closed to pedestrians last winter.

When the bridge was restored by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) , it was to include a sidewalk along the West side.  What was actually built was too narrow for sidewalk plows and the steep curb at each end is not accessible by wheelchairs, strollers or  sidewalk plows.  That resulted in it being closed to pedestrians last winter, a significant inconvenience and safety issue to the public.

Last month city staff constructed sidewalks leading to the bridge from both directions.  MTO agreed to modify the structure on the bridge to create a pedestrian system from one side of Highway 417 to the other.  Here is the Latest update (as of October 26 2015):

  • Construction work is expected to begin on or about November 2nd.  Due to the scope of the structural work involved (drilling into existing sidewalk and placement of additional reinforced steel) it is anticipated that the contract will be completed in mid-December.
  • Work will include
    • widening of the previously constructed concrete sidewalk on the west side of the bridge
    • elimination of the concrete drainage outlets on the approaches to provide a flat surface
    • widening of the raised surface (sidewalk) on the approaches to the bridge (including adjustment of steel beam guide rail as required)
  • During construction, only one lane will be open travelling southbound across the bridge in order to provide for worker safety.  Short term ramp closures (for the palcement of temporary concrete barrier to protect the work zone) may take place only between the times of 9pm and 6am.
  • Portable Variable Message Signs will be provided on Eagleson Road (northbound and southbound), Highway 417 (eastbound and westbound), and Campeau Drive (eastbound) in advance of the beginning of construction in order to mitigate impacts.  Signs will notify drivers of any ramp closures seven days in advance.
  • Pedestrians will be directed to the east side of the bridge.

City of Ottawa PSA:

Traffic impacts on Eagleson Road and Highway 417 on-ramps start Tuesday

Ottawa – The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) will begin work on Tuesday, November 17 to widen sidewalks on the west side of the Eagleson Road Bridge over Highway 417 and its approaches. The construction is scheduled to be completed in mid-December.

As part of the construction activities, MTO will need to reduce southbound Eagleson Road to one lane in the work area. The eastbound and westbound on-ramps to Highway 417 from southbound Eagleson Road will also be closed overnight from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for approximately five weeks.

Pedestrians will be redirected to the east sidewalk during construction.

The work will deliver a better walking environment for pedestrians crossing the Eagleson Bridge by widening the sidewalk on the west side of the bridge and its approaches and eliminating concrete drainage outlets on the approaches to provide a flat surface

Portable Variable Message Signs are already in place to advise motorists of the upcoming lane reduction and ramp closures so they can plan alternate routes.

With all of the construction-related activities underway, residents are encouraged to be flexible with commuting times, stagger work hours or use alternative means for travel. The public is asked to consider options such as transit, walking, cycling or carpooling.

The City of Ottawa has tools on ottawa.ca to help motorists and transit users plan their routes and manage their commute including:

For current information about traffic and construction around the city, visit ottawa.ca

 


West Transitway Extension Open House (Bayshore to Moodie)

When: December 10, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, 102 Greenview Ave.

This is an information session about the construction project that is scheduled to begin in late 2015 with final completion in 2018. This plan is to improve transit service reliability and therefore, the City has developed a plan to extend the West Transitway from Bayshore to Moodie. This plan received provincial environmental assessment (EA) approval in 2012. Design drawings will be on display for your review and staff will be on hand to provide information, to discuss traffic impacts and to receive comments. Initial construction consists of the extension of the West Transitway from east of Holly Acres to Moodie and a new transit station near Corkstown (east of Moodie). If you are unable to attend the meeting or would like additional information, please direct your comments to the City of Ottawa MMM Project Manager: Patrick Hill, 613-736-7200 x. 3241 or e-mail at hillp@mmm.ca.


CLASS Booking and Registration System upgrade

City staff have let me know that they are in the process of upgrading the CLASS booking and registration system and that access to all modules of the Class application and the two self-serve channels (Web and IVR) will be interrupted from Sunday, November 29 at 10:00 p.m. to approximately noon on Friday, December 4.    During this time, registrations and bookings will revert to manual transactions.  

Class booking system


Tips and services to help you find a snow removal contractor

The City of Ottawa provides a number of tips and services to help residents with the clearing of snow from their walkways and driveways.

The Snow Go Program helps seniors and persons with disabilities find reliable contractors and/or individuals to clear snow from their private driveways and/or walkways. Once matched up with snow removal help, residents are responsible for making payments directly to the individual or contractor.

Seniors and persons with disabilities can also apply to the Snow Go Assist Program, which provides financial assistance  for a portion of their snow removal costs for eligible participants.

The Snow Go Programs are administered by local home support agencies that serve local neighbourhoods. 

Also, residents searching for a reputable snow plow contractor can review the roster of licensed snow plow contractors listed on ottawa.ca. You can also find tips such as:

  • How to handle a door-to-door sales pitch
  • Understand the terms of your contract before signing
  • Check the Better Business Bureau and customer review websites

For more information about any of these services visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).


Mayor’s Annual Christmas Celebration

Mayor Jim Watson will host the Mayor’s 15th Annual Christmas Celebration on Saturday, December 5 at Ottawa City Hall in support of the Ottawa Food Bank.

Date: Saturday, December 5
Time: 2 to 6 p.m.
Location: Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West
Admission: a non-perishable food donation to the Ottawa Food Bank

Families are invited to join the fun at this eagerly anticipated event, celebrating Christmas in a wonderful winter setting. Fun-filled outdoor activities will include ice skating on the Sens Rink of Dreams, as well as horse-drawn wagon rides on Marion Dewar Plaza, with plenty of hot chocolate, BeaverTails and roasted marshmallows.

Indoors, City Hall will be transformed into a wonderland. Kids will be excited to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and make a craft in Santa’s workshop. Live performances will be part of the fun as families enjoy special treats from Farm Boy, Lindt and the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

The Mayor’s Annual Christmas Celebration is made possible by the generosity of the many corporate sponsors. In the spirit of giving and to help those in need, admission to this sponsored event is a non-perishable food donation to the Ottawa Food Bank.

OC Transpo will offer free bus rides on all routes to and from City Hall from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. to children 11 years and under when accompanied by a fare-paying adult.


Human Rights Learning Forum

Registration is now open for the Ottawa Police Service’s Diversity and Race Relations Section’s inaugural Human Rights Learning Forum.

Date:     Thursday December 3rd, 2015
Time:    8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Place:    St. Elias Hall, 750 Ridgewood Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario 

Register at:  www.ottawapolice.ca/diversity

 The goal of the forum is the exploration of Human Rights and their intersectionality as it affects and pertains to the police/community relationship.

Keynote speakers include Chief Commissioner Renu Mandhane from the Ontario Human Rights Commission and the Office of the Independent Police Review Director, Gerry McNeilly.


Meetings at City Hall Nov 30 – Dec 4

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted.

For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts or visit ottawa.ca/agendas, or call 3-1-1.

Community and Protective Services Committee Budget – Monday, November 30, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • 2016 Draft Operating and Capital Budget
  • Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program Projects and Strategic Initiative 37 – Recreation Facility Upgrades Projects
  • Commemorative Naming – Beauregard Bunker
  • Commemorative Naming – Henri-Rocque Park
  • 9-1-1 Annual Report 2013/2014

Ottawa Police Services Board – Budget – Monday, November 30, 5 p.m., Champlain Room

  • Chief’s Verbal Report
  • 2016 Draft Operating and Capital Budgets – Public Delegations and Approval
  • 2016 Police Services Board Meeting Schedule
  • Appointment of Special Constables – OC Transpo
  • Appointment of Special Constables – Carleton University
  • Financial Status Report – Third Quarter 2015
  • Outstanding Board Inquiries & Motions – November 2015
  • Letters of Commendation

Finance and Economic Development Committee Budget – Tuesday, December 1, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Appointment to the Bank Street Business Improvement Area Board of Management
  • 2016 Interim Property Taxes and Due Dates
  • Lansdowne Partnership Plan Annual Report
  • Lansdowne Partnership Plan – Proposed Settlement of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group Claims
  • 100-Day Memorandum of Understanding with the National Capital Commission Update
  • 2015 Economic Development Strategy Implementation Update and 2016 Implementation Plan
  • Downtown Rideau Business Improvement Area Boundary Adjustment
  • Brownfields Grant Program Application – 405 Terminal Avenue
  • Brownfields Grant Program Application – 175 Main Street
  • Stage 1 and Stage 2 of Light Rail Transit (LRT) – Provision of Public Washrooms
  • Delegation of Authority – Acquisition and Sale of Land and Property – July 1, 2015 to September 30, 2015
  • Municipal Capital Facility Designation for the Duration of the Construction of the Confederation Line Station at 117 Rideau Street
  • Budget Challenge and Service Reviews – Information Supplemental to the 2016 Budget Estimates
  • 2016 Draft Operating and Capital Budget – Finance and Economic Development Committee

Ottawa Public Library Board Meeting Budget – Tuesday, December 1, 5 p.m., Champlain Room

Transportation CommitteeBudget – Wednesday, December 2, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • 2015-2016 Winter Operations Update
  • 2016 Draft Operating and Capital Budget – Transportation Committee

Transit Commission Budget – Thursday, December 3, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • 2016 Draft Operating and Capital Budget – Tax and Rate Supported – Transit Commission
  • Status Update – Transit Commission Inquiries and Motions for the Period Ending November 20, 2015

Information Technology Sub-committeeBudget – Friday, December 4, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Enterprise Operating System Approach / Upgrade Strategy
  • 2016 Draft Operating and Capital Budget – Tax and Rate Supported – Information Technology Sub-Committee


Meetings at Ottawa City Hall

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted.

For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts or visit ottawa.ca/agendas, or call 3-1-1.

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee – Budget – Monday, November 23, 1 p.m., The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive

  • 2016 Draft Operating and Capital Budget
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 2491 Carp Road
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 3570 9th Line Road
  • Branch No. 6 of the Dowdall Municipal Drain on the Department of National Defense Property – Court of Revision
  • Branch 1 of the Flewellyn Municipal Drain Upstream of Flewellyn Road – Court of Revision

Planning Committee – Budget – Tuesday, November 24, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

·       Zoning By-Law Amendment – 175 Main Street

·       2016 Draft Operating and Capital Budget – Planning Committee

·       Application for Demolition and New Construction at 259 Beechwood Avenue, a Property Designated Under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and Located in the Rockcliffe Park Heritage Conservation District

·       Application to Alter 90 Bolton Street,a Property Designated Under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and Located in the Lowertown West Heritage Conservation District

·       Zoning By-Law Amendment – 330 Gilmour Street

·        Uptown Rideau Community Design Plan, and Official Plan and Secondary Plan Amendments

Arts, Culture, Heritage and Recreation Advisory Committee – Budget – Tuesday, November 24, 6:30 p.m., Champlain Room

City Council Meeting – Wednesday, November 25, 10 a.m., Andrew S. Haydon Hall

Audit Committee – Budget – Thursday, November 26, 9:30 a.m. Champlain Room

  • Ernst & Young LLP 2015 Audit Plan
  • 2016 Draft Operating and Capital Budget – Audit Committee
  • Office of the Auditor General (OAG) 2016 Audit Work Plan
  • Office of the Auditor General (OAG) – Annual Report and Detailed Audit Reports

French Language Services Advisory Committee – Budget – Thursday, November 26, 6:30 p.m., Champlain Room

Environment Committee – Budget – Friday, November 27, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • 2016 Draft Operating and Capital Budget – Tax and Rate Supported – Environment Committee

Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee – 2015-18 Work Plan


Urban Forest Management Plan Public Workshop

Urban Trees: Putting Down Roots for the Future
Join us to discuss the Urban Forest Management Plan

Please join us for an input and visioning workshop. Your input is important and will help inform the vision and direction for the Urban Forest Management Plan. More info at www.ottawa.ca/urbanforest

Tuesday, November 24
6:30 to 9:30 pm
Jean Pigott Place, Ottawa City Hall
110 Laurier Avenue West
Click Here to Register

forestWhat’s your vision for Ottawa’s urban forest? What are the key issues facing Ottawa’s urban forest?

Following our very well attended launch event on National Tree Day, we are excited to invite you to our first public consultations for the City of Ottawa’s Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP). We are in the first phase of the project and we need your input.

Questions
Martha Copestake
613-580-2424, extension 17922
martha.copestake@ottawa.ca
ottawa.ca/urbanforest